Clinics in Sadr City, Iraq remain operational
16 April 2004
Against the background of increasing tension and insecurity in large parts of Iraq, the three MSF clinics in Sadr City remain open. MSF has 90 staff in Iraq, including a small team of international staff, who continue to operate the clinics on the outskirts of Baghdad handling some 3,000 consultations per week. The MSF team also tries to assess the medical needs related to the recent surge in violence. They have donated surgical and emergency medical supplies to the remaining health facilities in Fallujah, in collaboration with the Iraqi Red Crescent. On Sunday April 11, MSF flew in additional materials - 8.77 tons of medical supplies and 3.25 tons of high-protein biscuits - to Baghdad. However the high levels of insecurity make it difficult for the international workers and Iraqi staff to travel around the country and assess health needs first-hand.